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To meet the English pre-requisite (4-SA) for entry to a USC program, one of the following will satisfy the requirements: 

Study must be equivalent to 4 semesters of study with a Sound exit level of achievement.

Australian secondary study

Qualification Prerequisite equivalents
Qld External Senior
  • English
ACT Year 12
  • English (T Major)
  • Language and Literature (T Major)
  • World Literature (T)
  • ESL (English as a Second Language)
NSW Year 12
  • English Standard
  • English Advanced
  • English as a Second Language
  • English Extension 1
  • English Extension 2
SA/NT Year 12
  • PAS English Communication
  • PES English Studies
  • PAS English
  • PES English as Second Language Studies
  • TAS English as a Second Language Studies
  • English Studies
  • English Literary Studies
TAS Year 12
  • English
  • Literature
  • Writer’s Workshop
  • World Literature
  • English Studies
  • English Communications
  • English Writing
VIC Year 12
  • English (ESL)
  • English Language
  • English
  • Literature
WA Year 12
  • English ESL General
  • English for ESL Students
  • English Course
  • English
  • English Literature
  • English as an Additional Language or Dialect (Stage 3)
  • English (Stage 2 or Stage 3)
  • English ATAR
  • Literature ATAR

Overseas secondary study

Qualification Prerequisite equivalents
International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • English A1 (HL or SL)
  • English B (HL or SL)
  • English A2 (HL or SL)
  • English A: Language and Literature (HL or SL)
  • English A: Literature (HL or SL)
New Zealand
  • English (NCEA Level 3)
GCE (A or AS Levels) 
  • English subject - Grade D or higher for A Level or Grade C or higher for AS Level.
GCSE (O Levels)
  • English subject - Grade C or higher.

Australian bridging and preparatory studies

Qualification Prerequisite equivalents
USC Tertiary Preparation Pathway
  • TPP101 Academic Skills for Success
CQU Preparatory Program
  • Completion of program (2 semesters)
  • Pass in Studying to Succeed or equivalent 
USQ Preparatory Program
  • Completion of program (2 semesters)
  • Pass in at least one Humanities / Social Science subject
JCU Tertiary Access Course
  • Completion of course (1 semester)
  • Pass in at least one Humanities / Social Science subject
UQ College Tertiary Preparation Program
  • Pass in Academic English for University Study
Unilearn (via Unilearn or OUA)
  • UNL14 - Senior English
  • UNL11 - Academic Literacy Skills
TAFE QLD - Certificate IV in Adult Tertiary Preparation
  • CTP200A Language and Learning Skills
  • ATP200B Language and Learning Skills
  • ATP400 and ATP401 Language and Learning Skills 1 and 2
  • ATPALS401A:  Research Plan and Present Academic Essays, Reports and Reflections and ATPALS402A: Write Academically to Persuade/Argue and Critically Analyse, and Present Academic Speeches

Tertiary studies

Qualification Prerequisite equivalents

Bachelor Degree or higher, RATE Diploma, Associate Degree or AQF Advanced Diploma

  • Minimum 2 subjects with a passing GPA of 4.0 or higher
RATE Associate Diploma or AQF Diploma
  • Minimum 2 subjects with a passing GPA of 4.0 or higher

STAT - Special Tertiary Admissions Test

Qualification Prerequisite equivalents
Prior to 22 April 2010
  • 159 overall or 156 verbal sub-score
Since 22 April 2010
  • 157 overall or 152 verbal sub-score


Paid employment in an English speaking environment either in Australia or overseas may be considered depending on skill level of position and length of service.

Other study

Other study may also be considered. Please contact Student Central regarding other qualifications and/or vocational experience that may serve as the English prerequisite.

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